Wakulla County, Florida
Wakulla County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 22,863. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county was 28,212 people. Its county seat is Crawfordville. Includes Communities of Crawfordville, Wakulla Springs, Panacea, St. Marks, Oyster Bay, Ocholochnee Bay, Shell Point, Sopchoppy
Area: 736 sq miles (1,906 km²)
Wakulla County is home to four major rivers – St. Marks, Wakulla, Sopchoppy, and Ochlockonee – all with different characteristics. Each of these rivers plays an integral part in providing many recreational activities for residents of the area and visitors alike. Visitors and residents enjoy swimming, kayaking, biking, hiking trails, bird-watching, Fishing, scuba diving in blue water springs, visiting historic forts, lighthouses and more.
Wakulla’s waters offer so much to explore, but there is just as much to do on land! Wakulla County contains an astounding area of 73 percent natural lands; nowhere else can visitors experience undisturbed, pristine natural areas like they can in Wakulla. The terrain of the area is perfect for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, bicycling, jogging, horseback riding, and many more! Wakulla County is home to the Apalachicola National Forest is Florida’s largest National Forest containing 564,961 acres. The forest contains two rivers and various trails, perfect for visitors looking for a challenging bike ride or hiking or camping excursion.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 68,000 acres and is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States. St. Marks Lighthouse, located on the refuge near the Apalachicola Bay, is a popular destination as it represents a rich part of the area’s history.
Wakulla county faces the Gulf Coast, and borders Leon and Jefferson Counties. Minutes to Tallahassee, Florida and containing Florida's Coastal Highway 98 which runs along the seashore connecting to Franklin County and more areas of Florida's "Forgotten Coast."